escapism

[ ih-skey-piz-uh m ]
/ ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm /

noun

the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.

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Nearby words

  1. escaped ventricular contraction,
  2. escapee,
  3. escapement,
  4. escapement error,
  5. escapeway,
  6. escapist,
  7. escapologist,
  8. escapology,
  9. escargot,
  10. escarole

Origin of escapism

First recorded in 1930–35; escape + -ism

Related formses·cap·ist, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for escapist

escapism

/ (ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm) /

noun

an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
Derived Formsescapist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for escapist
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Medicine definitions for escapist

escapism

[ ĭ-skāpĭz′əm ]

n.

The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.

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